A recorded summary of a commentary by H. F. Crowther-Smith on the afternoon play of the Second Test Match at Cheltenham
This is believed to be the first occasion on which there has been a commentary on a croquet match. H. F. Crowther-Smith , who is editor of The Croquet Gazette, describes the second Test match which is being played at Coventry. His account of the afternoon's play has been recorded for the broadcast.
Verdi's String Quartet in E minor was composed in 1873 while waiting for the production of Aida, which had been postponed. It is designed on purely classical lines. The first movement is dramatic in character and the first subject bears a certain resemblance to the music associated with Amneris in Aida. The second movement is simple and graceful and the principal subject foreshadows a passage in the first act of Falstaff. The movement in scherzo form has an operatic flavour with its melodramatic agitation. The last movement is considered the best of the four. ' In essence ', says Francis Toye , ' it consists of a single idea, treated and developed with marked ingenuity, which unmistakably suggests the rapid chatter of the women in Falstaff or even the twitter of birds.
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